Maxim Gorky was a Russian and Soviet writer. He was a Bolshevik, but became a sharp critic of the Communist regime shortly after the Russian Revolution. Nonetheless, the Soviet government gave him a luxurious house in Moscow, which is now a museum in his honor.
The house includes a beautiful Art Noveau marble staircase that looks like it's made of a liquid. It flows down the stairs, ending with a lamp shaped like a jellyfish.
-via Messy Nessy Chic